To learn and eventually master new skills, children must pay attention. Attention spans can vary greatly from child to child and fluctuate at various times of the day. Those students diagnosed with specific attention issues (e.g. ADHD) are doubly challenged when it comes to sitting, working and staying focused in a classroom setting. Experts say… Read More »
Special Education Teachers
If you’ve ever sat through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting, let’s face it – an IEP meeting can induce some stress. In his best-selling book How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie emphasizes thirty human relations principles that education professionals and school personnel can apply to ensure that an IEP meeting stays… Read More »
Each new school year brings a change to routine, along with new people and unfamiliar places. This can amount to a lot of anxiety and stress for both parents and their special needs children. With this in mind, we’ve curated a list of back-to-school tips for parents of children with special needs. Many of these… Read More »
Special education teachers, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and physical therapists – and other clinicians in school-based therapy jobs – are often on the lookout for engaging activities for children with limited mobility. Whether making music or art, crafting or playing games, here are 8 activities for children with limited mobility that you can include in… Read More »
Want More Sensory Bins? See More! Summer brings warm weather, sunny skies and lots of new opportunities to learn and grow. One way for children with special needs to learn is through the use of summer-inspired sensory bins, which include items with texture or other sense-stimulating characteristics. Common bases for summer-inspired sensory bins… Read More »
Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings can be stress-inducing but come with the territory in school-based therapy. There are a number of articles and checklists for parents on IEP meeting preparation – but not much information on how therapists and special education teachers can appropriately interact with parents who object to information, treatment proposals or methodologies.… Read More »
Cramped. Busy. Less-than-tidy. Maybe even disheveled. What’s a school-based therapist or special education teacher to do when the duties are ginormous and clear – and the classroom is, well…not exactly that? Therapeutic and special education staff face unique organizational challenges, and often seek creative ways to work within a limited workspace and budget. Creating an… Read More »
Keep your students moving with these 25 gross motor activities for winter for the classroom. Try putting your own spin on these gross motor activities and share your success stories in the comments section below! “My goal for these indoor gross motor activities is simple, do-able fun. These indoor gross motor energy busters will get… Read More »
In honor of both Down Syndrome Awareness Month and National Physical Therapy Month, take a look at these PT activities for kids with Down Syndrome to strengthen their hamstrings and quads. Click here for the article.
Grab a little inspiration from this list of unusual ways to motivate students throughout the school year. Take back your Friday, and check out the list here.